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Oxford Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center, Oxford, Mississippi

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The 38th annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing was held in the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on the second Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Warren Steel leading 48t. Mark Davis offered the morning prayer, and then led 421.

The class entered into a business session. The following officers were elected to serve: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Wanda Capps; Arranging Committee—Linda Sides.

Leaders: Wanda Capps 546; Darlene Reynolds 480; David Jackson 445; Leslie Booher 155; Ginnie Ely 228; Arlon Gardner 481; Anne Steel 47b; Earl Ballinger 97; Bentley Rose 282; Mark Tew 46; Loretta Whitman 399b; Glenn Keeton and Lena Keeton 475, 504; Shelby Castillo 67; Kayla Burns 47t.


Ken Tate called the class to order leading 123t. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 540; Jan Murray 457; Regina Derstine 385b; Andy Davis 434; Danny Creel 456; Drew McGuire 329; Lisa Geist 394; Kay Farmer, Ann Simpson, Fran Arnold, Mary Jo Myhr, and Cindy Reed 45t; Chuck Howell 339; Jamira Jackson, April Ayton, Kingston Ayton, and Wesley Ayton 128, 361; Amber Davis 396; Henry McGuire 362; Scott Polston 137; Linda Sides 215, 225t.


Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 88b. Leaders: Ginnie Ely 454; Larry Ballinger 217. A memorial lesson was held. Regina Derstine led 209 for the sick and homebound. Anne Steel led 285t in memory of the following deceased: Gravis Ballinger, Johnnie Chafin, Ola Meadows, Arthur Gilmore, Daphene Causey and Libby Hankins—-Alabama; Hugh McGraw and Louise Holland-Georgia; Darrell Swarens—Indiana; T.J. Funderburk, Yaeko Takada, and Anne Percy—Mississippi. Linda Sides closed the memorial service with prayer. Other leaders: Danny Creel 530; Shelby Castillo 564.


Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 213t. Leaders: Amber Davis 300; Andy Davis 196; Wanda Capps 203; Darlene Reynolds 490; Jack Barbera 268; David Jackson 235; Anne Steel 318; Jan Murray 31b; Ken Tate 532; Leslie Booher 448t; Earl Ballinger 208; Loretta Whitman, Margaret Keeton, and Louise Yeager 569b; Arlon Gardner 278t; Drew McGuire and Henry McGuire 550; Mark Tew 299; Chuck Howell and John Howell 112; Jack Barbera 162; Scott Polston 148; Lisa Geist 528; Glenn Keeton 236; Mark Davis and Leanne Hubbard 280; Kay Farmer, Ann Simpson, Fran Arnold, Mary Jo Myhr, and Cindy Reed 63; Curtis Gregory 119.

Following announcements, Warren Steel led 288 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Earl Ballinger.

Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Wanda Capps